YAM YAM formed in late 2015, coming together from playing in an assortment of local bands in central PA. The band is inspired by 1970s soul music, New Orleans roots of jazz music, and modern/vintage funk and jam music. YAM YAM features raw instruments and captures a high-energetic sound. YAM YAM is Mike Dempsey on keys, Jason Mescia on saxophone, Xander Moppin on bass, Tom Fuller on guitar, and Tyler Fuller on drums.
The band released its debut, self-titled album in late 2018 and upon its release, it charted on Billboard Jazz Albums section at No. 17. The band has opened for Lotus, Dopapod, and Keller Williams among others and has been featured in NepaScene, LiveForLiveMusic, TheBurg, and Burg in Focus.
The band is currently finishing up its second album, preparing for a release in 2020/2021.
Disco Doom – the Switzerland-based band led by Anita Rufer and Gabriele De Mario – released Mt. Surreal, their first new album in 8 years, on Exploding in Sound Records in 2022. Mt. Surreal is brimming with frayed guitar, intricate rhythms, compelling vocals, and fidgety percussion. It's a strange and peculiar journey that’ll wrap you up deep inside its intoxicating world, where lyrics leap out at odd moments, where a hook grabs just when the whole thing threatens to combust. Mt. Surreal offers an exhilarating ride and an ambiguous look at society, touching upon themes of nostalgia and detachment in this strange new world we currently encounter.
Releasing music together for some twenty years, such longevity has earned Disco Doom a legendary status in Switzerland, along with a reputation for making incredibly forward-thinking rock music. Since the release of 2014’s Numerals, the Zurich-based band has toured the EU/UK with Built To Spill, The Breeders, Ovlov, Dinosaur Jr., and more, had their music featured in the end credits of HBO’s Animals, and have released a critically acclaimed album under their J&L Defer alter-ego.
My name is Mark Hunter, born in Freetown Sierra Leone. I moved to boarding school in Ghana at 11. On Mfantsipim school campus in Ghana I was a ‘foreign’ student blessed to absorb some of the language and culture of Ghana.
From Ghana I came straight to college at Otterbein in Westerville OH. which was an even more foreign experience, and I have lived in Ohio since.
I AM the lead singer of The ARK Band and C LA C I (pronounced Selassie I) is my stage name.
Solo I play ACOUSTIC roots storytelling music that draws from Reggae Country and African influences